Nearly 25 Gateway High School seniors attended UC’s systemwide Grad Slam contest on Thursday, May 3, at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco.
UC Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master's and Ph.D. students across UC campuses – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up years of research in three minutes flat.
The contest was emceed by UC President Janet Napolitano and culminated weeks of spirited competition across the UC campus. Winners of campus events faced off in this grand finale to win a $6,000 prize and the systemwide trophy, known as the Slammy.
Competitors were judged on their communications skills by a panel of leaders in media, business, and academia, including Gateway’s very own Julia Avila, Gateway High School senior and incoming freshmen at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Across the UC system, hundreds of master's and Ph.D. students take part in the contest. The contest encourages them to look at a broader perspective of what their work is about and why it matters, something easily forgotten in the day-to-day toil of research.
The winner of this year's competition was Joseph Charbonnet of UC Berkeley who presented "A stormwater solution."
As special guests to UC Grad Slam, Gateway students were given the opportunity to envision themselves as master’s and Ph.D. level students and researchers, while also providing them with the opportunity to network with researchers and leaders in business, media, and academia, including UC President Janet Napolitano.
The competition was recorded and can be found here.